Innovative cooperation between the state and science
Since 2013, the ZKI-DE Service has been enabling federal authorities to obtain and analyse current geoinformation at short notice, thus offering public authorities new options for action. This innovative cooperation between the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) meets the needs of the federal authorities for up-to-date refined remote sensing data in crisis situations and to support civil and public security.
Since the end of 2016, a new framework agreement has been in place between the BMI and DLR which provides for further four-year cooperation (2017-2020). One of the aims of these 4 years is to enable the Federal Office of Cartography and Geodesy (BKG) for the standard tasks of the ZKI-DE Service.
What does the ZKI-DE service include?
What is the ZKI-DE service useful for?
Our Earth is orbited by a large number of Earth observation satellites that collect valuable data worldwide. This means that almost every point on earth can be observed within a short time, regardless of political borders, access to the terrain or aviation restrictions.
After a massive destruction of the infrastructures on the ground, e.g. during earthquakes, they often provide an overview of the location and extent of the damage as the only source.
Satellite and aerial photographs with a very high level of detail can also support police work.
In particular, the linking of aerial and satellite image data with other information in map and analysis products offers great added value in decision-making for police applications and civil protection tasks.